Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark

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One of the fun things about writing a blog is that the search for material takes me to parts of London I’ve never been before and may very well never go again. Take yesterday’s expedition to De Beauvoir Town, situated roughly where Islington shades into Hoxton, which I reached by number 38 bus and a convoluted walk through quiet streets lined with Victorian terraces. Appropriately enough, my object was to see an installation about journeys to distant lands and what they tell us about colonialism, cultural tourism and identity. Continue reading

The English Samurai from Shogun is coming to Sadler’s Wells!

Anjin leafletThere’s a treat coming up at Sadler’s Wells. From 31 January to 9 February 2013 they’re staging Anjin – The Shogun and the English Samurai.

Anjin is the story of William Adams, an English navigator, thought to be the first Englishman ever to reach Japan, where he became known as Miura Anjin – the pilot of Miura – the English Samurai.  Continue reading